Aloha Gang! The draft is nearly upon us. It's that time of the year again for endless speculation and debate about which prospects certain teams should take and why fans and scouts think that to be the case. Fans and scouts conclude and evaluate players after watching endless hours of film and studying prospects from all over the country. Some can commit more time than others. There's several great articles posted discussing how to scout and grade a player but the truth is, it's a very subjective and in-exact science.
Each team has different criteria, that's why it's so important to have a staff of scouts that all speak the same language and have the same methods of evaluating players. For some, working in that side of football would be a dream come true, but for the casual fan who just wants to rock out a Mock Draft and talk smack about how awesome his mock is and why. . .
In the case of the 2014 - 2015 Cleveland Browns, two things are certain:
1) We have a lot of draft picks
2) If we chose to, we have a lot of money / cap space to burn in free agency
We can all only speculate as to how this draft will unfold; who the front office is targeting; and what exact philosophy they have about building the team with the assets available this off season. Many fans believe a QB needs to be the first pick; some of us think differently . . and so I invite you to click on the FanSpeak Draft Simulator and complete your 7 round mock draft for the Browns. It's not perfect, but it's a ton of fun!!
I would also recommend, for those that have more time and interest, to have DraftBreakdown open in the process. This is a great way for you to begin to expose yourself to new prospects through the draft process and ensure you're informed about who you're taking and why.
There's no time limit, in case you wondered that. And you may be surprised to find which positions are valued more than others and who is available and when. When you're done with your draft, copy the results in the comments and let the debates begin!
Here's my most recent attempt - I've made 3 - and possibly my most favorite mock draft to help start the debate!
4. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
26. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
35. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
71. Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma
83. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
102. Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
123. Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU
133. Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
164. Pierre DeSir, DB, Lindenwood
195. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
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There is also another draft site that was brought up here that is unique and worth your look. The First Pick is a site where you not only get to simulate your teams' draft, but you can make and accept trades; each of your picks is graded; and your final draft is ranked by points against the other 31 teams in that draft / against that teams leading user-records. Much like the FanSpeak site above, this site is a fun way to be the GM!
Again, I'd invite you to try this site and then post your scenarios here in the comment section for debate.